The story of love and coma: "Don't leave me"

Aug 1, 2013

Carl Berger, coma, Shari Berger, love, hospital
Carl and Shari Berger talk about their love- and when it was tested in 1997.

Carl and Shari Berger have been married almost 55 years, and it's been a good run.

What Carl calls "one of the most exciting and most stressful and most interesting years, was that one year in 1997."

While returning from a trip to New Orleans, Carl started pacing in the airport. What started as a need to walk soon turned into something very different.

In Detroit, the doctors gave Carl pain meds and he went home and to bed. The next morning, Carl said he "woke up, stood up, and turned to you and said, 'I don't think I'm going to make it.'"

Two months later, Carl woke up in the hospital.